Nerdy News: Lucius Malfoy Is Your Star Trek: Discovery Captain, Omar’s Coming to Star Wars, and More!
Jason Isaacs himself, otherwise known as Harry Potter’s Lucius Malfoy, broke the news on Twitter this morning – he’s Star Trek: Discovery’s Captain!
He deleted the tweet which means he probably wasn't supposed to announce yet but WHOOPS pic.twitter.com/FvQRL8QwhS
— Jill Pantozzi ♿ (@JillPantozzi) March 7, 2017
The Hollywood Reporter and other trades quickly followed up with their confirmations that Isaacs, who recently starred in Netflix’s The OA, would be playing Captain Lorca (he tweeted out again when it was appropriate). THR relays the ever-growing cast:
He joins a growing cast of series regulars that includes The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green as Rainsford, a lieutenant commander; Doug Jones as science officer Saru; Anthony Rapp as fellow science officer Stamets; James Frain as Sarek, a Vulcan astrophysicist and Spock’s father; Terry Serpico as Starfleet admiral Anderson; Maulik Pancholoy as chief medical officer Nambue; and Sam Vartholomeos as junior Starfleet officer Connor. Set to recur are Michelle Yeoh as Georgiu, captain of another ship called the Shenzhou; Shazad Latif as Kol, the Klingon commanding officer; Chris Obi as a Klingon leader T’Kuvma; and Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, a Klingon commander.
The Star Trek Twitter account went one more and announced Mary Wiseman (Longmire) was also joining the cast as a cadet.
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) March 7, 2017
The production has lengthened since Bryan Fuller stepped away with the latest estimate on a debut to be late Summer or Fall according to CBS CEO Leslie Moonves.
Speaking of Fuller, Vanity Fair debuted a new photo from Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. It features Orlando Jones as the dapper Mr. Nancy…
I just read the book for the first time a few months ago. I didn’t like it as much as I expected to but I am very keen to see what the show does with the story and characters.
Michael K. Williams, who has had an extensive career but is probably best known for his time as Omar on The Wire and Chalky on Boardwalk Empire, may be joining the Star Wars universe according to Variety. The untitled Han Solo movie hits theaters May 25, 2018 and they say he’s in final talks but don’t reveal what his role would be. We just got our first cast photo the other day featuring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Thandie Newton also stars but they somehow forgot to include her in the picture. [UPDATE: StarWars.come made this one official.]
Meanwhile, Finn Jones, star of Marvel’s Iron Fist, left twitter over the weekend after engaging in a dialogue with an Asian woman about the issues surrounding the show. I won’t post her tweets here as she expressed she was getting some harassment but I wanted to note Jones seemingly did not learn from the exchange at all…
Finn Jones left twitter after an Asian woman had a diversity convo with him
and he came back and posted this?
pure comedy gold pic.twitter.com/hW13K8PM4L
— Jill Pantozzi ♿ (@JillPantozzi) March 6, 2017
Speaking of representation issues, Jes Tom and Chewy May (two NYC standup comedians) created this fantastic video to illustrate just how important seeing yourself in fiction is.
Erasure hurts. #RepresentationMatters
— jes tom (@jestom) March 3, 2017
They also gave an interview to io9 if you’re interested in reading that.
Because I’d never seen the Ghost in the Shell anime I jumped at the chance to have Anchor Bay send me a copy of the new release, on Blu-ray and Digital HD on March 14th, so I could have better context when covering the new film. I should be checking it out this week and sharing my thoughts on TheNerdyBird.com later on!
— Jill Pantozzi ♿ (@JillPantozzi) March 5, 2017
— Blavity (@Blavity) March 3, 2017